This is a VERY overlooked trekking spot that most visitors never see. It is in a far more rustic setting than the nearby Toad Rock, just as close to Nakki Lake, and more quiet and shady. So it's a shame nobody comes here. The trail to get here is not as clearly marked as Toad Rock's but it is still easy and very doable.Don't miss it!more
Try your best to catch the dawn on top of Toad Rock. It is right next to Nakki and the way up is easy enough to walk in the pre-dawn light. A torch would help. You get a beautiful view of that morning glow as it falls over the lake and town. It is th best time to see frog rock as well because tourists occupy it for the rest of the day.Then as you...more
Having seen all the riff-raff (peer pressure)I can safely come to my original conclusion that you should definitely skip:Sunset Point: hordes of crowds. Seriously avoidable.Guru Shikhar: not worth the 18km distance, but only if you've got timeBhrahm Kumari museums all over: if you've ever seen one, you get the idea, end of discussionShankar Math:...more
Also known as Arbuda Devi temple, the 365 steps to reach the top and the tiny 2ft by 2ft entrance to the main sanctum can make it worth a trip. Has a nice view to offer as well. Only about 2km away from Nakki, the priest said it is 5.5k years old, and the name is because the statue was originally found levitating in midair (adhar).more
Like most people say, Delwara temples are a must-visit. What I will add here is that try your best to see them as soon as they open (12 to 6 pm) because the place attracts tourists by the truck. Also, you will definitely need more than one hour to see them if you like art or architecture. You have to see it to believe it. They write it took 1500...more
North-East side to the car park, three stone buffaloes stand around a tank, while the figure of a King shoots at them with his bows and arrows. A legend states that the tank was once filled with ghee, but demons, in the form of buffalos came down and polluted the ghee until the king Adi Pal shot them. A path leads up to the hillside to a group of...more
Dattatreya is considered by some Hindus (in western India) to be God who is an incarnation of the Divine Trinity Brahma, Vishnu and Siva. The word Datta means (Given) Datta is called so because the divine trinity have (given) themselves in the form of a son to the sage couple Atri and Anasuya. He is the son of Atri, hence the name Atreya.In the...more
Guru Shikhar at (1722 meters), is the highest point in Rajasthan. It is located at a distance of 15 km from Mount Abu. It has a commanding view of Abu and its surroundings.This peak is the home to the temple of Dattatreya, an incarnation of Lord Vishnu. There is a huge brass bell outside the shrine, which overlooks the lush greenery of Mount Abu.more
Adhar Devi Road, Mount Abu, Rajasthan, 307501, India
Arbuda (close to Nakki and at a prime location) is always full of people but that does not mean they have the best food. It could be because tour buses drop their 'cargo' for lunch here and everybody instantly huddles inside. They don't compare much. Arbuda's food is below average. Instead go to Kanak or the restaurant of the hotel Shree Ganesh. I...more
Due to the heavy Gujarati tourists who visit the place there are several Thali restaurants around. None are as good as Kanak. All you can eat for Rs100. It is not the best Gujarati thali I have had but it is definitely the best here. This is why locals and guidebooks recommend it. If you go for a thali, go here. Classic khaddimore
No matter how many friends insist, definitely do not take a guided bus tour. You waste a lot more time seeing all the places you never wanted to anyway. The best way to move around Mount Abu is to rent a motorcycle or an automatic scooter. Obviously, take it for a test spin before you agree. Starts from about Rs100 from 8am to 8pm. If that's not your style, rent a car taxi (there are no autorickshaws here). However, if you don't see Guru Shikhar, then all the worthwhile places are within a 3km radius so you can easily cover them by foot, and enjoy the local scene more that way too.
What to buy:
Although marble works are not limited to Mt. Abu, it is a very neat multi-purpose gift/souvenir for anyone back home (if weight is not an issue). Nifty little incense stick or "diyas" make beautiful gifts. If you're backpacking like the most of us -- forget about it. Try bangles instead, if you know her size. They come in plastic, metal, "laak," but my favorite is wood.
What to pay: There is a lot of competition, so no worries.
Well! Be careful if you have reserved for a train. Check its time of arrival at Abu road. If it is delayed then you better plan your trip to Abu road accordingly. Many tourists come to Abu road from Mount Abu, the hill station located about 30kms away. Being a transit station between Mumbai-Ahmedabad-Ajmer-Jaipur-New Delhi
Toiletries and Medical Supplies:
Most people think since Mt. Abu is on a hill it will be cooler. Yes, it is, but you still need sunscreen! Apply it throughout the day. Skin toasts easy in Rajasthan. Sunglasses and a cap will be useful too.
By the way, avoid a visit during peak tourist season: end of April to mid-July and after the Diwali festival. It is a crowded, touristy spot as it is.